HEAD has revamped their popular Radical Pickleball Paddle series with thoughtfully designed new technology and graphics, for a line-up of four new models. Featuring HEAD’s new Extended Powercore technology and increased core thickness, the new Radical paddles serve up a deliciously generous sweet spot and increased control and touch, while still delivering massive power.
Like to put spin on the ball? Look no further! HEAD’s new SpinOn texture, found on the new Radical Tour and Radical Tour CO paddles, sets you up for more spin on every shot. Along with two grip size options and stylish new graphics, the new HEAD Radical paddles provide plenty to love.
We recently chatted with HEAD about their new Radical series – read on to learn more about this next generation of solid performers.
Can you go over each paddle in the new Radical Series?
We have four new models launching in April 2022:
Formerly known as the Radical Tour GR, the Radical Tour features HEAD’s graphite hitting surface for a superior soft feel and increased control for the competitive player.
Radical Tour CO
The Radical Tour CO is designed with a composite hitting surface, for increased power on passing shots and put-aways.
The Radical Pro is the ultimate power paddle, but still has all the comfort needed due to the Comfort Grip System’s vibration dampening.
The Radical Elite provides a great value for the beginning/intermediate player, featuring HEAD’s Ergo Grip for enhanced feel upon impact.
With the Radical Performance Paddles you have introduced new core technology. What was the goal of a thicker 15mm core?
We’ve added our Extended Powercore technology to all of our Radical Paddles, and increased the core thickness from 13mm to 15 mm. This has allowed us to increase the feel of the sweet spot and enhance control and touch, while still being able to deliver massive amounts of power.
You have also added SpinOn texture. How does the texture affect durability of the paddle?
Our new SpinOn texture allows for increased spin potential on all shots and is made to last the lifetime of the paddle itself, without wearing off. Players adept at producing both topspin and underspin will find this particularly beneficial. The SpinOn texture can be found in our new Radical Tour and Radical Tour CO paddles.
You provide two options for grip circumference. What guidance can you give players to help them choose the right grip size?
Selecting the right grip size (circumference) for a paddle is very important. A grip that is too small can cause players to squeeze the handle too tightly, while too large a grip makes it difficult to maneuver between different shots. To ensure the right grip size, players can perform the Index Finger Test. For reference, pick up any paddle with an Eastern grip (holding the index knuckle on the third bevel in line with the paddle face). Then with the other hand, try to fit the index finger into the gap between the ring finger and palm. If there is extra space, size down; if there is not enough space, size up.
What’s new with HEAD footwear?
HEAD has three newly designed shoe lines for 2002 as well. Correct footwear is crucial for preventing injury, and provides a better playing experience. HEAD has designed great-looking new models of their three popular court shoe lines, providing a shoe type and fit for all player preferences.
Revolt Pro 4.0
Wider toe box, comfort fit, and highly durable.
Shop Men’s Revolt Pro 4.0 – More Colors Available
Shop Women’s Revolt Pro 4.0
Sprint Pro 3.5
Medium width, performance fit, and lightweight – stability with speed.
Shop Men’s Sprint Pro 3.5 – More Colors Available
Shop Women’s Sprint Pro 3.5 – More Colors Available
Revolt EVO 2.0
Widest fit, for the casual player seeking the most comfort (coming later in 2022).
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Still not sure which one you should get or want to know more about a certain paddle? Call us at 1-888-854-0163. Nothing makes us happier than helping you find a paddle that fits your game. Buy with confidence, knowing you have a 30-day test drive to make sure it works on the courts – where it counts.